Jakarta’s ‘heavy heart’ over heavy fighters

Worldwide observers have been analyzing the motives behind Jakarta’s decision to shift its plans to obtain 4++ generation fighters in favor of Boeing’s F-15EX or Dassault’s Rafale instead of Sukhoi’s Su-35. Alleged financial difficulties seem to be not the only reasons for such a maneuver.

On December 22, Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo confessed to the media “with a heavy heart” the abandonment of a preliminary deal signed with Russia in 2018 for 11 aircraft.

The Indonesian military chose the Su-35 (Flanker-E) as a main multipurpose heavyweight fighter at the Dubai Airshow in 2015, but a final contract was never signed, so the planes remained unproduced, fortunately for the Russian side.

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